Curtis Jones (footballer)

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Curtis Jones
Curtis Jones 2017.jpg
Jones playing for Liverpool U18s in 2017
Personal information
Full name Curtis Julian Jones[1]
Date of birth (2001-01-30) 30 January 2001 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 17
Youth career
2010–2019 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Liverpool 11 (2)
National team
2016–2017 England U16[4] 6 (1)
2017 England U17 3 (0)
2018–2019 England U18 10 (1)
2019– England U19 4 (0)
2020– England U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:28, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:25, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Curtis Julian Jones (born 30 January 2001) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Having grown up in the centre of Liverpool, Jones joined Liverpool at the age of nine.[5] After making his U23s debut in January 2018, Jones signed his first professional contract on 1 February 2018.[6]

He was named in Liverpool's squad for the Premier League match against Everton on 7 April 2018 and was included on the substitute bench without making an appearance.[7]

Jones featured prominently for Liverpool during pre-season ahead of the 2018–19 season.[8] Manager Jürgen Klopp praised his mobility and dribbling skills.[9]

Jones made his first team debut on 7 January 2019, in the FA Cup third round against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[10]

2019–20 season[edit]

Jones made his season debut and played in his second competitive match for the club on 25 September 2019 in an EFL Cup match against Milton Keynes Dons. He was chosen as Man of the Match.[11]

He then scored the winning penalty in Liverpool's EFL Cup penalty shoot-out victory against Arsenal.[12] He made his Premier League debut on 7 December 2019, from the substitute's bench, against AFC Bournemouth.[13]

On 5 January 2020, Jones was part of a Liverpool team largely made up of teenagers and reserves that defeated rivals Everton 1–0 in the FA Cup at Anfield. Jones scored the winning goal – his first goal for the club – with a curling strike from 20 yards.[14] At 18 years and 340 days, Jones became the youngest goalscorer in the Merseyside derby since Robbie Fowler scored for Liverpool in 1994.[15] In the next round three weeks later, he scored again to open a 2–2 draw at Shrewsbury Town, becoming the first teenager to net in consecutive games for the Reds since Raheem Sterling in April 2014.[16] On 5 February 2020, Jones became Liverpool's youngest ever captain – at 19 years and 5 days[17] – when he captained Liverpool's youngest ever first team side with an average age of 19 years and 102 days to a 1–0 victory over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay at Anfield.[17]

On 4 July 2020, Jones signed a new long-term contract with the club.[18] A day later he scored his first league goal for the club after coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 win over Aston Villa, latching on to Mohamed Salah's header to score past former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.[19]

On 22 July, Jones came off the bench against Chelsea to secure his Premier League medal after he made five top-flight appearances in the 2019–20 season with Liverpool.[20] On 30 July, Jones was named the Premier League 2 Player of the Season for 2019–20 ahead of five other nominees: Liam Cullen, Billy Gilmour, Jahmal Hector-Ingram, Nathan Holland and Rayhaan Tulloch.[21]

2020–21 season[edit]

After his performances in the 2019–20 season, it was announced that he would take up the number 17 shirt for the upcoming 2020–21 season, previously worn by Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman.[22] On 24 September, he scored 2 goals in 4 minutes against Lincoln City away from home in the EFL cup and was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports.[23] Due to injuries to star midfielders Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Thiago Alcântara, Naby Keïta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho shifting to makeshift defence, Jones' role in the team increased.

On 1 December 2020, he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 1–0 victory against Ajax, sealing Liverpool's progression into the knockout stages of the competition.[24]

International career[edit]

On 2 October 2020, Jones received his first call up to the England U21 squad [25] and made his debut in a 3–3 draw against Andorra on 7 October 2020. [26] He scored his first goal for the U21s during a 3–1 win over Andorra U21 at Molineux Stadium on 13 November 2020. [27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 December 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2018–19[28] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2019–20[29] Premier League 6 1 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
2020–21[30] Premier League 5 0 0 0 2 2 4[a] 1 1[b] 0 12 3
Career total 11 1 5 2 4 2 4 1 1 0 25 6
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield

Honours[edit]

Liverpool

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019: List of Players: Liverpool" (PDF). FIFA. 21 December 2019. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Curtis Jones: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Curtis Jones: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ "C. Jones". Soccerway.
  5. ^ Pearce, James (7 January 2019). "Jones on living Liverpool dream & his mentor during pre-season tour". Liverpool Echo.
  6. ^ "Curtis Jones signs first professional deal with LFC". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  7. ^ Reddy, Melissa (7 April 2018). "LFC starting XI v EFC: First squad involvement for Curtis Jones, 17" – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Who is Curtis Jones, how old is he and when did he join Liverpool?". Talksport. 7 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Klopp reveals Liverpool's plan for Curtis Jones". Liverpool F.C.
  10. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool". Soccerway.
  11. ^ "MK Dons 0–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 25 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Liverpool vs Arsenal result: Prodigy Curtis Jones settles Carabao Cup epic in game that had it all". The Independent. 30 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Fabinho's message for Curtis Jones after Liverpool youngster makes Premier League debut at Bournemouth". Liverpool Echo. 7 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Klopp's teenagers and reserves serve Ancelotti with a painful reality-check". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Teenager Jones lights up Anfield with stunning derby winner". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Liverpool: Cummings double earns surprise draw". Yahoo! Sports. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Liverpool 1-0 Shrewsbury: Own goal by Ro-Shaun Williams sends young Reds through". BBC Sport. 4 February 2020.
  18. ^ Williams, Sam (4 July 2020). "Curtis Jones signs new contract with Liverpool FC". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa: Victorious Anfield homecoming for champions". Goal.com. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Curtis Jones and the other 22 Liverpool players now guaranteed a Premier League medal". Liverpool Echo. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Curtis Jones named 2019/20 PL2 Player of the Season". Premier League. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Curtis Jones to wear No.17 for the Reds from next season". Liverpool F.C. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Lincoln 2-7 Liverpool: Clinical Reds crush Imps in Carabao Cup". Sky Sports. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones fires Reds into the last 16". This Is Anfield. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  25. ^ "ENGLAND MU21S SQUAD TO FACE ANDORRA AND TURKEY NAMED". The Football Association. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  26. ^ "INJURY-TIME EQUALISER DENIES YOUNG LIONS THE POINTS IN U21 EURO QUALIFIER IN ANDORRA". The Football Association. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  27. ^ "England U21 3-1 Andorra U21". BBC Sport. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Games played by Curtis Jones in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Games played by Curtis Jones in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  30. ^ "Games played by Curtis Jones in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  31. ^ "Curtis Jones: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  32. ^ Poole, Harry (21 December 2019). "Liverpool 1–0 Flamengo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  33. ^ "Curtis Jones named 2019/20 PL2 Player of the Season". Premier League. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  34. ^ "England U18s seal second spot in UAE tournament after thrilling victory over Mexico - 24 March 2019". The Football Association.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Liverpool F.C. website